Riverdale Baptist tops Arundel

At IAABO, Ngobeni leads St. Frances in rout of Largo

Girls basketball

December 29, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun Reporter

Arundel girls basketball coach Lee Rogers said Thursday that his team was young, and, though improving, would have to play better to defeat elite teams.

Rogers' words proved prophetic last night. The fourth-ranked Wildcats fell, 50-43, to Riverdale Baptist of Prince George's Country in the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials tournament semifinals.

"I expect more from them," Rogers said. "I'm disappointed. I think we should play better than we're playing. We're not stepping up, and I don't know where we're going to go from here."

Although the score was close, Arundel (3-3) never led.

Riverdale Baptist set the tone early, hitting three straight three-point shots to start the game, and used a full-court press that slowed Arundel's offense to a crawl.

"The defense, that was my fault," Rogers said. "We played too far off them in the first half, and they hit too many threes, but I still thought we had a chance because we were just down 11 at halftime. I thought we were still in the ballgame."

The Lions connected on five of 13 three-point shots in the first half and led 33-22 at intermission.

Sherone Vails did her best to keep the Wildcats in the game. The sophomore forward scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half by attacking the rim for easy baskets or drawing fouls. She was 10--for-12 from the free throw line and also had 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The Wildcats got the lead down to 45-38 with 5:50 left in the game.

Arundel will face Forest Park of Prince George's County today at 6 p.m. in the consolation bracket.

In the consolation bracket, No. 2 St. Frances routed Largo of prince George's County, 73-53.

With three minutes left in the third quarter and a 19-point lead, St. Frances (9-1) went on a 23-2 run in which it scored on 10 straight possessions, going 9-for-9 on field goals.

Sophy Ngobeni had 21 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and four steals to lead St. Frances. Briana Hutchen added 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and Shatyra Hawkes had 19 points, five assists and five steals.

St. Frances plays Blake of Montgomery County today at 4 p.m. in the consolation bracket.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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